Thursday, April 24, 2014

Exit Tickets, Heartbleed, and Myths about Tech

The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Dehumanizes”
I often hear people talk about losing special things such as handwritten cards because we are often focused on teaching technology to our kids.  There is something sweet and sentimental about a card, but then I think about the video my brother shared of my dad below:

10 Iconic Teacher Actions That Technology Should Disrupt
A little bit of technology doesn’t change much. Can make things a little easier by automating them. It could make a lesson here or there gee-wiz flashy, or even engage hesitant students. Tacked-on learning technology can do this.  But deep integration of technology–real at-the-marrow fusion of learning model, curriculum, and #edtech? That changes everything.

Don't Blame the Internet: We Can Still Think and Read Critically, We Just Don't Want to
We're not less capable of reading complex prose, but less willing to put in the work. Our criterion for concluding, "this is boring, this is not paying off," has been lowered because the Web makes it so easy to find something else to read, watch, or listen to. . . . . If I'm right, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that our brains are not being deep-fried by the Web; we can still read deeply and think carefully. The bad news is that we don't want to.

Creating a Backchannel or Exit Ticket on Google Docs

Creating a BackChannel or Exit Ticket on Google Docs from langwitches on Vimeo.

Do-It-Yourself Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning
With so many great resources on the web, teachers are realizing that they can learn just as much (if not more!) from their personal learning network (PLN) as they can from traditional professional development (PD). Educators are connecting with like-minded individuals across the globe, reading about best practices and new trends in education, and sharing their experiences with friends and colleagues. Through social media, popular blogs and webinars, teachers are taking ownership of their learning and finding PD opportunities that weren't possible a decade ago.

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